We took part in the Survivors’ Trust “Supporting Survivors Past Present & Future” conference on Monday 26th of September in Birmingham’s Aston University.
New Digital Marketing & Website Officer Guinéelle Mavuanga gave a brilliant and informative presentation of digital marketing campaigning which stimulated a great deal of interest and attention – with many requests for help afterwards! Some of the feedback was ‘excellent, well presented information’, ‘very informative, great ideas which I’ll take back to work with me’. Overall, this, too, was a well-constructed conference with many interesting speakers and presentations:
- a report from a Panel Member of IICSA and its workload,
- experience of the reluctance of the churches to acknowledge and deal with abuse,
- the benefits of working in a consortium,
- reporting on the survey of the healthcare needs of adult survivors of child sexual abuse and a fascinating talk by Dr Zoe Cameron, Chair of the Primary Care Children’s Safeguarding Forum on the clinical perspective of survivors of sexual assault and the potential impact on primary care.
We cannot let this somewhat dry report on the conference pass without mentioning a memorable and most moving interlude provided by Nesdi Jones, an upcoming singer/songwriter who was abused as a child, went to India and was abused again in her teens, took to drugs and alcohol and then pulled herself around and has concentrated on her art. She gave a spellbinding rendition of some haunting songs in Urdu, Hindi and English (she does them in Welsh as well!). We all came away feeling uplifted as well as so much better informed.
Here was the programme:
Description – Speaker
|9:00||Coffee and Registration|
Joanne Butler, Director, ISAS
Lucy Duckworth & David Greenwood – Minister & Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors
Michelle Windle, Director, The Green House
Our very own Guinéelle Mavuanga
|14.10||Nesdi Jones – singer/songwriter and Sexual Abuse Survivor|
Elsa Montgomery, Lecturer/Head of Department of Midwifery & Lama Daher
Andy Hunt, National Programme Manager, NHS
Clinical perspective; Survivors of sexual assault and the potential impact on primary care
Dr Zoe Cameron, Chair of the Primary Care Children’s Safeguarding Forum
|16.00||Close and Networking|